Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, activities, and events so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

Das Dutchman Essenhaus – Eat hearty. Leave happy

Genuine recipes passed down for generations create an authentic Amish experience and Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury. Dine on soul-satisfying fare in Indiana’s largest restaurant with over 1,100 seats! Choose from three types of dining: menu, buffet, and family-style. Don’t miss the bakery just steps away, where you can take home fresh bread, cookies, or one of 31 varieties of pie.

The lunch and dinner menu features everything from chicken and noodles to lightly breaded pork tenderloin—an Indiana specialty. Choose from entrees such as baked steak, roasted chicken and smoked ham for family-style dinners, plus a variety of side dishes like mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, home-baked bread with apple butter and, of course, a generous wedge of pie. A Thursday evening buffet features popular barbecued pork ribs and a salad bar. Buffet dining is also available every evening from October through April.

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